Soils in Construction
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8:00 – 8:30 am EDT
8:30 am – 12:15 pm EDT
Lunch (on your own)
12:15 – 1:15 pm EDT
1:15 – 5:00 pm EDT
Soil Investigation and Classification
Importance of knowing construction site soils
• Importance of recognizing soil properties
• Formation of soils
• Types of soils
• Site reconnaissance
• Geology and visual observations
• Drilling and boring
• Test pits
• Establishing appropriate investigational methods
• Obtaining and reviewing geotechnical reports
Reviewing Hydraulic and Mechanical Properties of Soils
Compressibility of soil
• Saturation, hydraulic gradient, and conductivity
Drained and undrained shear strength
• Vertical and lateral earth pressure
Stress and failure in soils
Complying with Building Code Provisions on Soils
International Building Code (IBC)
International Residential Code (IRC)
Infrastructure standards and guidelines
Determining and Increasing Bearing Capacity
Calculating bearing capacity
Bearing capacity of shallow foundations
Bearing capacity of piers and piles
Increasing bearing capacity
• Draining and compaction
• Soil improvement
Determining and Improving Slope Stability
Natural and engineered slopes
Reviewing basic concepts of slope stability
Understanding slope failures
Impact of surface water and groundwater
Examining slope stabilization methods
• Draining and compaction
• Soil improvement
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7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 AIA LU|HSW
7.0 HSW CE Hours
7.0 LA CES HSW PDHs
International Code Council
.7 CEUs (Building)
Continuing Education Credit Information
This course is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers, 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to licensed architects, and 7.0 HSW continuing education hours to landscape architects in Pennsylvania and all other states that allow this learning method. Please refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility.
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David Harmanos Branch Manager at Hillis-Carnes Engineering Associates, Inc.
Mr. Harmanos is a professional engineer with extensive experience in subsurface exploration, soil testing, infiltration testing, geosynthetics, and seismic and advanced analysis. His expertise includes commercial, industrial and institutional foundation design; retaining wall and steep slope design; sinkhole remediation; landfill design; site work; forensic engineering; LEED consulting; and construction quality control/assurance (CQA/QC). Mr. Harmanos is a graduate of Drexel University where he received both his BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering (Geosynthetics and Geotechnical). Hillis-Carnes performs geotechnical engineering consulting and laboratory testing services. Its construction services include evaluation of bearing materials, inspection of pile driving, slope inclinometer installation and monitoring, and retaining wall construction observation.
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Course Title: Soils in Construction
Delivery Method: Live Online
Course Description: This seven-hour lecture presentation examines soil investigations and classification, hydraulic and mechanical properties of soils, building codes of soils, determining and increasing bearing capacity, and improving slope stability.
Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to describe the purpose and process of determining soil classification of a project site and for conducting soil investigations before breaking ground on a construction project.
Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to discuss the relevance of soil permeability and compressibility of project site soils and explain the science of stress and failure in soils.
Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to reference nd comply with soil provisions found in the International Building Code and the International Residential Code.
Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able calculate bearing capacities of soils for shallow foundations and explain the process of increasing bearing capacities.
Learning Objective 5:
Learners will be able differentiate slope stability issues for natural and engineered slopes, be able to identify causes of slope failures, and be able to determine appropriate slope stabilization methods.
LUs: 7.0 LU Type: LU|HSWs.
Prerequisites: Experience with site development
Advance Preparation: None
Program Level: Intermediate
Course Expiration Date: 02/24/2023
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